Residency Unlimited


Exhibitions | Sep 23 - 25 2016

Charting Absurd: Nina Komel

This exhibition is curated by Nataša Prljević.

Opening: Friday, September 23, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: September 23-25, 2016
Artist talk: Saturday, September 24, 7pm
Hours: Saturday – Sunday from 12pm – 6pm
IDIO Gallery
976 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Through humor and irony, Nina Komel examines the position of an artist and art in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an anomaly in a system that fragments the geopolitical, social, economical, and ethnic sphere. Using assemblage strategies Komel plays with colloquial language, bureaucracy, and found objects as signifiers of shifting values and economies as a method to intertwine personal, micro, and macro politics.

Charting Absurd is an exhibition curated by Nataša Prljević. This interactive multimedia installation is comprised of text, objects and sound, and attempts to systematize absurdities into a cohesive whole. Komel uses the exhibition as a ritual, casting her own ear and turning it into a receiver and emitter of an irrational chart used as a testament to everyday navigation of imposed cultural and societal mechanisms.


Nina Komel is an RU artist and Young Visual Artists Award (YVAA) recipient of the 2016 Zvono Award organized by the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA). Focusing on the state of isolation Komel works in a range of media, from text to immersive interactive installations using visual and non-visual language. Using transformation through irony she recognizes the accumulation of contradictions in a current state of the culture and the pressure it imposes on the artist and the citizen.

Nataša Prljević is currently a curatorial intern at RU. She is a  multimedia artist from Serbia, based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work employs collage, installation, and video with a focus on mechanisms of real and imagined sites of memory as a consequence of displacement. She holds a BFA from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia and MFA from the interdisciplinary Art and Design program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2015, she received the Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. In 2014 she was awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship/ Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Photo Documentation:
RU Exhibition: Nina Komel "Charting Absurd"

IDIO Gallery is a Brooklyn based contemporary art gallery and performance space that is focused on experimental work across media with critical engagement.


This program is made possible with support from The Trust for Mutual Understanding. We are grateful to IDIO Gallery for hosting this exhibition.

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Nina Komel